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Guaranteed Attention-Getter: An Opera of Orgasms

You're a Swedish opera house premiering your rendition of Puccini’s Turandot, and you'd like to attract younger audiences. What do you do?One sure way to get new patrons is to release an ad that's been labeled “The Opera of Orgasms.”The Swedish opera house Folkoperan hired an ad agency to produce a video of people, um, having orgasms.Adweek reports: "In the film, people in various — not necessarily glamorous — sexual situations express their climax to the tune of the...

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The Answers to All Your Image Size Questions

It doesn't seem like there would be a right answer to the question: What size should an image be? But it turns out there are some very helpful guidelines you can follow so your content is as visually appealing and effective as possible. MarketingProfs shared this infographic by WeAreTop10, which pulled these image-posting rules from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.Read More:You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up 3 Ways You're Wrong About Live Entertainment,...

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Want Your Event to Be Unforgettable? Do This

Do you want your audience to talk about your event long after it's over? To tell their friends and family how amazing it was? And most important, to return to your events again and again?Of course, who doesn't?! But the path to creating an event that obtains "unforgettable" status isn't always clear. It's not necessarily about shock value, over-the-top performances or a big budget (thankfully), but often has to do with this advice from The Story of Telling: "Great branding:1....

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Email Ideas for Your Venue to “Borrow”

Are you trying to get creative with your email marketing? Instead of racking your brain for out-there ideas, why not take a look in your inbox? MarketingProfs just shared 15 real-life examples of email marketing worth a try.You can see the full list here and find the tips best suited to live entertainment organizations below:"3. Include a benefit (and pique curiosity) to make your subject line interestingThe subject line is the first and the most important thing that encourages...

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How Hamilton Stays Hot: Your Face on the $10 Bill

We mentioned selfies on Monday, and here they come up again. Hamilton continues to be the talk of the town with its app. According to Engadget:"The Official App has just about everything a fan could ask for including $10 ticket lotteries, a merch store, stickers and updates from Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. And yes, you can even put yourself on the $10 bill ... "So, I guess we have to ask: Have you incorporated selfies into your patron's experience?Got a...

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HP Strikes Gold: Selfies as Mementos

We all hope our patrons leave our productions and venues with good memories and maybe even a few good mementos. Well, HP scored big in these areas with millennials at this year's Panorama music festival in New York. According to Cherlynn Low at Engadget:"HP did two things right at the event this year. It gave people mementos -- whether it was a free bandana or a cool selfie video -- that they could share or take home from the...

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People Aren’t Reading Your Marketing Emails (But This Will Help)

While it seems like people's attention spans are reaching Dory from Finding Nemo levels when it comes to any sort of advertising or marketing, there is one area where the average person still devotes a fair bit of time: email.However, not all emails receive the same amount of attention. That's why HubSpot recently shared advice to get your emails past the "quick skim and delete" hurdle and into the "read and click" arena:Got a comment or question? Join the...

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Avoid Rabbit Holes, and More Writing Tips for Your Arts Organization

We've all been there: You're writing and get stuck trying to think of that next word or thought. This infographic from Enchanting Marketing posted on HubSpot shares 12 tips for cranking out quality copy:Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.Subscribe to the Selling Out mailing list.

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These Colors in Your Logo Could Help Sell More Tickets

It's no secret that different colors can convey different emotions. Blues can be calming, reds can be energizing -- but did you know certain colors also signal to your fans that you're fun?MarketingProfs.com recently shared an infographic that outlines ways your branding can help sell more tickets. One way: using the colors orange, purple and yellow, which convey a fun attitude to fans. You can see the other tips here:Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left;...

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Does Your Arts Organization Really Know Its Patrons?

A recent Story of Telling post asks, "When did you last spend time watching what your customers do?" Its point is that people's actions can speak louder than words.The post explains: "We tend to think of our customers as intentional, rational human beings -- which is why we spend a lot of our time marketing to their heads. We make and market better products and services by working harder to get a glimpse of their hearts."Jim expresses a similar...

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